Communist forces continued to pressure Saigon's northern defence lines on Saturday (17 August) after launching a tank assault a few days earlier.
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Background: Communist forces continued to pressure Saigon's northern defence lines on Saturday (17 August) after launching a tank assault a few days earlier.
The Saigon Command said the communist troops had driven south of ben Cat district to within 18 miles (30 kms) of the centre of Saigon. The fighting is now closer to Saigon that at any time since the 1973 Paris peace agreement.
Government forces claim to be holding the Communist attack, but they were reported to be having trouble moving back-up supplies and artillery along Road 20, and were using the Thi Kinh river instead.
The Communist campaign is reported to be the biggest since the 1973 ceasefire, and is being conducted throughout South Vietnam -- in the northern and central provinces as well as around Saigon.
The Military Command said the Saigon river was a r??? barrier that had to be crossed before there was any real danger to ??? capital from the north. A spokesman said that despite the intensity of the Communist attack, there was no immediate threat to Saigon.
Officers of the International Commission of Control and Supervision (I.C.C.S.) have visited the battle fronis. But they have had little success in enforcing the ceasefire.